The development of the Panasonic GH5 was merely teased last September at Photokina 2016 but Panasonic has announced all you need to know about the GH5 at CES 2017. This includes a full spec sheet, pricing, as well as a narrowed-down release time frame.
The GH5 isn’t just a beefed-up GH4, Panasonic’s new Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless is immensely improved on all fronts. While the sensor retains its Micro 4/3 size, its been bumped up to a 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor with no optical low-pass filter. The 5-axis in-body image stabilisation is a welcome addition as well.
Thanks to a new Venus Engine Processor, the GH5 is capable of capturing 10-bit 4:2:2 footage at 4K 30fps internally as well as 4K 60fps at a codec of 8-bit, 4:2:0 at 150Mbps. As for 1080p Full HD recording, the GH5 can record up to an impressive 180p. Full HD as well as 4K footage can be recorded in MOV, Mp4, AVCHD Progressive as well as AVCHD formats. The best part is – there is no recording time limit on the GH5.
The Panasonic GH5 also has an updated Depth from Defocus (DFD) Autofocus system that promises improved focusing speeds, focus tracking, and up to 9fps burst with continuous AF enabled. This enables a pre-config focus-rack mode that allows user to select their AF subjects, similar to that of Canon’s Dual-Pixel AF.
Other notable features of the GH5 include dual SD card slots, connectivity options such as 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth, an optional V-Log L update, as well as a 6K Anamorphic Mode.
Not all of the aforementioned features will be included on the GH5 right out of the box however, Panasonic has prepared a firmware update path to incrementally make these features available. The 10-bit 4:2:2 recording feature will be available April, 2017. The 6K Anamorphic Video Mode and the 1080p and 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 ALL-Intra features however will be available “Summer 2017”.
The Panasonic GH5 will ship in the U.S by the end of March, and will cost $2,000 (RM9,000) for just the body.
[Source: The Verge]